I finally found the answer.
How many times a day do you take a moment to just relax? Stop thinking about what work you have to get done, what’s going on at home, the friend you got in a fight with, the car that needs to be filled with gas, the significant other that’s been in a “mood,” calling your grandmother, and, oh yeah, finishing that book you’ve been meaning get back to for, hmm, the past 3 months now?
Daily, unavoidable things get in our way everyday. Yes, they’re important things. No, sometimes we just can’t push them aside for the time being. Yes, some things CAN wait. Often times we put too much on our plate, thinking we are helping others by sacrificing ourselves when, in reality, we just end up hurting, a raised blood pressure, pulling our hair out, or taking our frustration out on people in our lives who don’t deserve it.
How do you we stop being so stressed and learn how to stay calm?
2. Be Quiet
3. Make A Connection
This past summer, I helped lead a girl’s Bible study. We did the study of book called Refuel by Doug Fields. In this book he uses this idea. If we will take a few minutes in our stressful day/situation to 1) stop what we are doing. Just STOP. Don’t say harsh words, don’t retaliate, don’t huff off, don’t increase your frustration, take a break, pause, JUST STOP. (I will regrettably raise my hand and say I am VERY guilty of doing all of those huffy things.) 2.) Be QUIET in your moment. Turn off the radio. Turn off the TV. Put the cell phone down. Take the headphones out. BE QUIET. In Psalm 46:10 it says, “Be still and know that I am God.” It seems that sometimes we can find/hear God best when we are in silence. 3) Make A Connection- how many times a day do you say a prayer? Is it the usual night time routine reciting the same words over and over? (These are heard just the same as others, just trying to draw an analogy.) Or do you pray continuously, shooting up some, “thanks Jesus!” when He blesses you throughout the day? In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, it says, “Pray without ceasing.” We should worship Him without stopping, for He gives us so much to be thankful for, we could never thank Him enough. Often times our testiness derives from a lack of spiritual input in our lives. Consciously, make a connection and you will feel instant relief and satisfaction from the Holy Spirit. Now, I’m definitely not saying things will become a breeze or your schedule will magically clear out, but your spirit and attitude about everything will become more positive.
Now, that may be a daunting task. You’re thinking, “She wants me to add ANOTHER thing to my plate? Pray ALL DAY? What kind of time does she have and where do I get some?!” No silly, I’m just saying all that stress we talked about will feel easier and not just like a big, hairy list you have to check off daily. In the midst of your chaos, STOP, be QUIET, make a CONNECTION. You will feel refreshed and have a better day because of it.
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